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Sherry Smeltzer Chiesa
Sherry Smeltzer Chiesa, former Salinas resident, passed away Saturday, October 27, 2012. Sherry was born September 22, 1951, in Erie, PA, then moved to Salinas with her mother and father.
She graduated from Salinas High School in 1969 and furthered her education to become an accountant. While in the Monterey peninsula she enjoyed time at the beach, blues festivals, jazz festivals, squid festivals, artichoke festivals and any other event she could eat her way through. Proud of her Native American heritage, Sherry tried to attend as many Native American gatherings as she could.
In 1999, Sherry moved to Sacramento to try something new. In Sacramento, she focused on her passion, which was business accounting. After moving through a few jobs, she found a home at S & P Sheet Metal where she was CFO, and under her control kept an industrial business running and profitable after the 2008 downturn.
Before Sherry passed, she was able to fulfill a life long dream vacation to New York City, where she was able to explore the city the way she always dreamed. Other than that. On her downtime from being a business woman. She enjoyed relaxing with her dog, Chance and watching old TV shows and old movies.
Sherry is survived by her two children, Alicia and Brian and three grandchildren, Anthony, Alyssa, and Taylor. She also shared a lifelong friendship with the father of her children, Mike.
She was preceded into death by her mother, father, papa, and cousin, Kim.
The family ask that you wear something purple in memory of Sherry.
Service will be in Elk Grove on Friday, November 9, 2012. For information please contact 916-732-2031 or http://www.eastlawn.com/.
Published in The Salinas Californian from Nov. 3 to Nov. 6, 2012